May 31, 2012
Congregants give ovation for pastor who wants to create gay ghetto
It comes as no surprise to readers of The God Blog that different Christians think different things about homosexuality. And even among those who think the people condemns homosexual activity, there is a split about how Christians should treat gays.
The spectrum is wide, but I honestly couldn’t conceive of a point on it that would advocate for create a gay version of the Warsaw Ghetto. Not until I read about a sermon that Charles Worley, pastor of a small North Carolina church, gave earlier this month.
Worley was upset with President Obama’s announcement supporting gay marriage—something that some Christians actually applauded. Totally understandable, though, because, as I just mentioned, lots of Christians think homosexuality is a direct affront to God. Or, as Franklin Graham put it, Obama’s support amounting to a “shaken fist” to heaven.
But Worley went much further and said that gays and lesbians should be boxed in and left for dead:
You can hear Worley’s sermon in the above video. It is, to say the least, theologically misguided. Worse, it seems to take the same view of gays that Hitler had. And thousands responded with protest. But Worley’s church congregation greeted him Sunday with a standing ovation.
From the Hickory Daily Record:
You can read the rest here.
I try not to make too much of crazy statements from previously unknown ministers with small followings. (See Terry Jones.) But as both an evangelical Christian and someone who had three Jewish grandparents, Worley’s statement struck as offensive, intolerant and historically insensitive.
Fortunately, it doesn’t even rise to the level of being a minority view. No Christian theologian is going to defend Worley’s position.